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Fleet management is a function which allows companies which rely on transportation in their business to remove or minimize the risks associated with vehicle investment, improving efficiency, productivity and reducing their overall transportation costs, providing 100% compliance with government legislation (duty of care) and many more. Monitoring and controlling all fleet-related factors consumes considerable time and requires sound administrative abilities. These responsibilities normally fall upon the Fleet Manager, and demands on this professional position are rapidly increasing. Nortruck prides itself on its strong relationships with fleet managers, and leasing companies with an overall theme of making their respective jobs easier and ultimately reducing costs.

Generally, in the private sector, fleets of about 200 or more owned units or leased fleets of about 500 units require full-time fleet supervision. These fleet-size rules-of-thumb become self-evident when management responsibilities include an in-house maintenance program. Further, the larger the fleet, the more support and resources Fleet Managers require. The two primary goals of any fleet are 1) to provide employees with appropriate transportation that meets work requirements and 2) to provide that transportation in the most cost-effective manner. Fleet policies are instituted to support these goals. Today’s Fleet Managers navigate through constantly changing conditions. They must chart and react to changes in vehicles and to types of vehicles available; in laws and regulations; in fuel supplies, types, and costs; and in the financial health of their organization. Nortruck’s high-quality and long-lasting canopies give fleet managers the peace of mind knowing that these assets are performing as needed for decades – one less headache.

Organizations replace their vehicles and equipment at various age or accumulated-usage intervals, depending on the type of vehicle and the nature and intensity of its use. Timely replacement is an important best practice because it affects vehicle availability, safety, reliability, and operating costs. A consistent best practice is to use replacement guidelines to project and plan fleet-replacement requirements. The guidelines should trigger assessments of the need to replace individual vehicles for which age and/or life-to-date usage is approaching established replacement thresholds. The ideal fleet best practice is for an organization to develop replacement guidelines based on empirical analysis of the relationship between vehicle age and/or cumulative usage and total vehicle ownership and operating (that is, life-cycle) costs. Again, since Nortruck canopies outlast three, four of even five trucks the replacement cycle is long and all the fleet manger needs to do is schedule a refurb as the truck is miled out. This is clean and easy and facilitates transferring the canopy to the new truck. Nortruck makes this simple and virtually painless as we can handle all of the logistics in terms of matching the new trucks with canopies and ensuring there is a sufficient ”transfer pool” to allow efficient, on-going transfers.

Best-practice fleet organizations develop and annually update a fleet replacement plan that projects replacement dates and costs for each fleet vehicle. The purpose of such plans is to identify long-term replacement spending needs and associated budgetary requirements, and to communicate these funding needs to user organizations and upper management. Otherwise, organizations tend to under-fund fleet replacement costs, which can cause large replacement backlogs to develop. Since Nortruck canopies don’t need to be replaced as often as lower-quality units, the on-going cost savings build up over time. Finally, as the Nortruck canopies always command superior prices at auction, even when they are end-of-life - the benefit of buying high quality continues.